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Beware Environmental Regulations Lurking in Local Codes – Such as the Wellhead Protection Program

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Most companies know that the environmental impacts of their operations are regulated by the federal government (primarily the US Environmental Protection Agency) and various state governments (in Oregon, primarily the Oregon...more

Environmental Notes - August 2016

by Williams Mullen on

Time to Pay More: EPA Increases Maximum Civil Penalties - Remember the days when the maximum civil penalty EPA could assess for a violation of environmental law was $25,000 per day? Those days disappeared 26 years ago...more

Texas Adopts EPA's Definition of Solid Waste Rule and E-Manifest Requirements

by Bracewell LLP on

On June 10, 2016, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) adopted amendments to its statewide hazardous waste rules to incorporate changes made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to the federal...more

Air Program Malfunction Exemption Nixed, But Not Agency Discretion

by Williams Mullen on

Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board (“Board”) recently amended its regulations to remove the long-standing malfunction exemption available to regulated sources of air pollution for violations of emission limits and...more

Environmental Notes - May 2016

by Williams Mullen on

The news has been full of stories and articles concerning Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR), also referred to as coal ash. CCR became a hot topic in 2008 when a coal ash pond at a utility plant in Tennessee spilled more than 5...more

ADEQ Director Testifies before Congress in Opposition to EPA Ozone Standard

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Thursday, April 14th, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Director Misael Cabrera testified before Congress regarding naturally occurring ozone levels in parts of Arizona making it impossible to comply with...more

EIB Energy Highlights: SCOTUS on FERC, Nat Gas Record Year, Oil & Gas Exports, Winter Outlook, Cybersecurity & More

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Our goal is to serve as a leading-edge resource for companies navigating the rapidly evolving landscapes of the domestic and global energy markets. Moore & Van Allen’s EIB Energy Highlights is a complement to our Energy...more

EPA nixes state exemptions on excess CAA emissions

by McAfee & Taft on

Affirmative defenses commonly relied upon by facility operators to avoid civil and administrative penalties for violations of air emissions limitations during periods of facility startup, shutdown or malfunction (“SSM”) may...more

Can We Please Talk About Outcomes for a Change???

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

I get it that environmental groups place strict compliance with regulatory controls at a premium. After all, the standards are designed to be protective of the resource, and they are The Law, which must be obeyed....more

Major Environmental Decision May Also Expand Right to Appeal In Other State Permitting Cases

by Miller Canfield on

A party challenging a state agency’s decision to issue a permit for a project may be allowed a second appeal of right, the Michigan Court of Appeals said in Natural Resources Defense Council v Department of Environmental...more

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